Disney will buy Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion. The major exchanges say they can resume normal stock trading on Wednesday. Ford has decent results; GM's earnings are on tap. Apple has a big management shuffle. October may be a loser for investors.
The Dow shows a small loss, but Apple shares reverse to end the day higher. Google slips. September auto sales are the best since 2008. Spanish premier Rajoy says a bailout request isn't 'imminent.' T-Mobile may buy MetroPCS.
The blue chips gain 59 points in a volatile day. Because of Apple's earnings miss, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq end lower for a 4th day. Because of Facebook issues, Zynga shares fall more than 35%. Whole Foods earnings cheer. New-home sales disappoint.
The Dow falls 104 in its third straight day of triple-digit losses as earnings season continues to disapppoint. Apple earnings miss Street estimates. AT&T sees lower iPhone sales. UPS says international business is softening.
Worries that the Strait of Hormuz may get blocked push oil prices up some 4%. Brent crude tops $100. US factory orders grow in May. June auto sales are strong; SUVs do well. Barclay's CEO quits. Microsoft takes a $6.2 billion writedown.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq show gains; the Dow falls slightly. Weakness in Europe is the biggest weight on the Institute for Supply Management's June manufacturing index. Barclay's CEO Bob Diamond quits.
Stocks soar -- as the blue chips enjoy their best June since 1999 -- after European leaders move to stabilize their banks. Apple and chip makers boost techs, but Research In Motion shares slump badly. Ford and Nike warn on European sales.
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